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Metaphor and Metonymy in Food Idioms

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Negro Alousque, Isabel (2019) Metaphor and Metonymy in Food Idioms. Languages, 4 (3). p. 47. ISSN 2226-471X

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/languages4030047




Abstract

In recent decades, the development of the Conceptual Metaphor Theory, put forward by Lakoff and other scholars. In this light, metaphor and metonymy have been found to provide a semantic motivation for a considerable number of idiomatic expressions. Within this framework, the present contribution explores the cognitive motivation of food idioms in English (e.g., ‘be a cup of tea,’ ‘bread and butter,’ ‘walking on eggshells’) and Spanish (e.g., darse pisto, tener mala uva, cortar el bacalao). The analysis reveals that idiomatic meaning often relies on metaphoric amalgams and metonymic chains, or on the interaction between metaphor and metonymy.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Food; idiom; metaphor; metonymy
Subjects:Humanities > Philology > Linguistics
ID Code:62134
Deposited On:15 Sep 2020 08:01
Last Modified:15 Sep 2020 08:01

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